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I've noticed that if no recent Ideas are in a particular
Category, like "Fashion", then when the HalfBakery home
page loads into a Browser, that category is not included
the page. Mostly, this is OK.
However, when you want to add an Idea, you might want
to browse a category that isn't
there, to see if the Idea
already exists. It is simply very handy to click on the
category heading, and see all the available subcategories
at once (simpler than scrolling through them on the pick-
list during the "Add Idea" process).
And when you click on the relevant sub-category, you can
see what Ideas are already there. And if you still want to
Add an Idea, that category is already selected on the
list (very nice!).
Sure, I know the Search feature can also be used to find
out if an Idea already exists, but there is something
doing it the way I've described above that seems to me
to be more usability-
intuitive. So, please, even if a Category has no recent
Ideas in it, can it still be displayed on the Home Page?
||Did you not notice there's a list of all these major catagories across the bottom of the page? I always though that was somewhat redundant on the home page, but when a catagory has no recent ideas, it is still along the bottom of the page.
||Now that you mention it, I have noticed on other
occasions --the last of which was long-enough ago
that I had completely forgotten about it when I
posted the main text here!
||I should mention that for me, this is a
consequence of me modifying the Overview page-
settings to display a "Recent 15" instead of a
"Recent 3". So the overall page is taller, and that
bottom-most line is mostly not seen, especially
when, scanning for new postings, they are shown
at the top of each category.
||In other words, I rarely scroll to the bottom of the
home page, where the list becomes visible.
||Workaround: In your modified view, you restrict the
time rang from which to gather the ideas that should
be displayed. You can lengthen that range. If you
make it longer, it'll be less likely to run out of
material without finding anything.
||Thanks, [jutta]! Of course now I need to do even
more scrolling to reach the most-recent items in the
"vehicle" category, and therefore the chances are
reduced even further, of noticing the horizontal list
at the bottom of the page....
||It occurs to me that a "simple" way to display an
empty Category might be to have a default "first item
in the Category", which is just a simple "(none recent
enough)" message. But that is just a guess, of
course, since I don't know how code is structured
with respect to page-display decisions.